Review: Epson Artisan 800 for DIY Brides

Epson recently asked me something that was a bit hard to believe, but it was true. They wanted to provide me with an Epson Artisan 800 for use in my office and for my daily wedding blog. The printer is amazing as it is an all-in-one (printer, scanner, copier, fax). I haven't used the fax component yet, but do hope to get that set up soon. Having one less piece of equipment in my office would be wonderful. The scan quality on this Epson printer is superb and the printing is super fast. {I recently used the printer to create items for my daughter's 2nd birthday party including: Winnie the Pooh coloring books for the children's goodie bags, favor tags and now the thank you's}

This is the perfect printer for DIY Brides - and speaking of DIY Brides, be sure to head on over to Best Wedding Sites to enter our wedding contests (we're giving away an Epson Artisan 800 this month to a lucky bride for all her DIY projects). One amazing feature that I have yet had the time to try is the printer's ability to actually print directly onto CDs and DVDs - how perfect is that for either CD favors or simply archiving your wedding photos?

Other features that you will love on the Epson Artisan 800:
1. can connect via USB, ethernet or with WiFi
2. plug your camera's memory card into the printer, edit using the LCD touch screen and print your photo
3. create cards and coloring books (perfect for the kids at a wedding) using your own photos
4. easily restore color to faded photos

A couple of personal notes on the Epson Artisan 800 . . . One feature that I love is the printers ability to hold both 8.5x11 paper and 4x6 photo paper in 2 trays at the same time. My other ink jets couldn't do this. Also, with my previous ink jet printers I've typically had to print in RGB mode for the best color representation - but with the Epson, the printer matches my screen when the images are saved in CMYK mode {which is how it's actually supposed to be}.

For those looking for some DIY inspiration, you might like to check out Cardgirl DIY (created by Nessa of Cardgirl Custom Invitations). Nessa recently guest blogged for me on the 2009 wedding invitation trends.

With your own printer, the ideas for budget friendly DIY wedding projects are limitless. DIY projects might include invitations, save-the-dates, programs, menus, place cards, favor tags, cupcake flags, candy bar wrappers, bottle labels, coasters, custom CD/DVDs, etc.

Retail Value of the Epson Artisan 800: $300


And lastly, a big thank you to Epson for this wonderful gift in my office and business.